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Morgan Stanley Capital International says it has adopted a policy which will allow it to phase in changes in country weights in the MSCI Emerging Markets Free Index, based on various factors.
Feedback from investors, it says, has shown that adjusting a portfolio in response to a change in country weight is affected by various factors, including size of the change, market liquidity and legal and administrative obstacles to investment flows. As these factors vary from country to country, MSCI says it will consider implementing changes in country weights in two or more phases based on a case-by-case analysis.
As part of this policy, the market capitalisation weight of the MSCI Taiwan Index in the MSCI Emerging Markets Free index series and the MSCI All Country (AC) Free index series will be increased from 50% to 100% in three phases. The first will be May 31, when the weight will rise to 65%, then on November 30 it will rise to 80% and finally to 100% on May 31, 2001.
MSCI has said its Malaysia Free Index will be fully re-included in the MSCI Emerging Markets Free index series and the MSCI All Country (AC) Free index series on May 31.

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